Nothing works without energy. We need energy in order to meet our mobility demands, to keep it warm and bright, to prepare food and beverages, to render services and to manufacture products.
The amount of energy we use for different purposes depends on the intelligence and efficiency of the use of energy. Furthermore, it depends on the existing infrastructure, the market conditions and the political-administrative framework. In addition, demands concerning the care economy and requirements regarding flexibilisation have an impact on the energy we use.
Energy savings resp. an increase in energy efficiency can be achieved at different sections of the supply and demand chain:
In all these areas, there are major potentials for innovation and market opportunities. Realisation can be fostered by adequate policies and measures. The Wuppertal Institute researches and advises governments scientifically especially in the field of energy efficiency on the demand side. This is the case in EU projects like "ENSMOV", which offers support in implementation of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive to the member states’ governments. In the EU project "COMBI", a consortium of institutes under the direction of the Wuppertal Institute compiled a comprehensive data base on the many benefits of energy efficiency. The follow-up project “MICAT” now develops the methods further for practical application in the evaluation of policies and measures.
Other projects focus on the analysis of policy packages and instruments for energy efficiency in buildings and appliances.
You find all scientific publications on our publication server:
Here you find research activities in the field of energy efficiency.